Bernardo: Handsome, proud, fluid leader of the Sharks, with a sardonic chip on his shoulder; baritone. LARGE DANCING/ ACTING ROLE- SOME SINGING
Chino: Shy, gentle, sweet-faced young boy, the intended husband of Maria; baritone. FEATURED ACTING ROLE- SOME SINGINGAND DANCE
Pepe: Lieutenant to Bernardo, typically proud, and resentful of discrimination; baritone. FEATURED ACTING ROLE- SOME SINGINGAND DANCE
Indio: Typically proud, and resentful of discrimination; baritone. SINGING/ DANCING/ ACTING
Luis: Typically proud, and resentful of discrimination; baritone. SINGING/ DANCING/ ACTING
Juano: Typically proud, and resentful of discrimination; baritone. SINGING/ DANCING/ ACTING
Others: Depending on cast needs, other Sharks may be cast; tenor and baritone- all will sing and do some dance.
Maria: Lovely young and obedient immigrant Puerto Rican girl, excited and enthusiastic about her new life inAmerica, but with stubborn inner strength that allows her to evolve into a strong woman; soprano. LARGE SINGING/ ACTING ROLE- SOME DANCE
Anita: Older (20’s) and wiser in the ways of the world, flashy, sharp-tongued, and with a knowing sexuality; alto/mezzo-soprano. LARGE SINGING/ DANCING/ ACTING ROLE
Rosalia: Young Puerto Rican girl, more demure, not too bright; mezzo-soprano. Indio’s girlfriend. LARGE FEATURED SINGING/ DANCING/ ACTING ROLE
Consuelo: Tough, young Puerto Rican girl with bleach blond hair and lots of baubles; mezzo-soprano. Pepe’s girlfriend. FEATURED SINGING/ ACTING ROLE- SOME DANCE
Francisca: a young, quirky girl who is not very bright, Luis’ girlfriend, hangs out with Maria, Rosalia, and Consuela FEATURED SINGING/ ACTING ROLE- SOME DANCE
Teresita: DANCER/ SINGER
Estella: DANCER/ SINGER
Margarita: DANCER/ SINGER
Others Shark women may be cast
Tony: Handsome, older teen-ager, who has outgrown the Jets; tenor/ high baritone. LARGE SINGING/ ACTING ROLE- SOME DANCE
Riff: Glowing, driving, intelligent, slightly wacky leader of the Jets; tenor. LARGE SINGING/ DANCING/ ACTING ROLE
Diesel: Lieutenant to Riff, big, slow, steady; baritone. FEATURED SINGING/ DANCING/ ACTING ROLE
Baby John: Youngest member of the Jets, awed at everything, even being a Jet;
tries to act like a big man, but is vulnerable; baritone. FEATURED SINGING/ DANCING/ ACTING ROLE
A-Rab: Small of stature, enjoys everything, takes nothing seriously, unaware, can be explosive; baritone. FEATURED SINGING/ DANCING/ ACTING ROLE
Action: Most aggressive member of the Jets, a cat-like ball of fury; baritone. FEATURED SINGING/ DANCING/ ACTING ROLE
Snowboy: Bespectacled, self-styled expert; baritone. FEATURED SINGING/ DANCING/ ACTING ROLE
Others: Depending on cast needs, other Jets may be cast; tenor and baritone.
Anybody’s: Scrawny teen-aged girl, pathetically dressed to imitate the Jets, and wants desperately to be taken seriously by them. FEATURED SINGING/ DANCING/ ACTING ROLE
Velma: Riff’s girlfriend, young, slithery, sexy, lost in a world of jive. FEATURED DANCING/ ACTING ROLE- SOME SINGING
Graziella: Girlfriend of Diesel, impressed with herself. FEATURED ACTING ROLE- SOME DANCE
Minnie: Baby John’s girlfriend
Pauline: A-Rab’s girlfriend
Doc: Middle-aged drug store owner, tired and worn out.
Lieutenant Schrank: Plainclothes policeman used to being in charge, superficially pleasant to cover his venom, fear, and bigotry.
Officer Krupke: A not-too-bright street cop.
Glad Hand: Nerdy, overly cheerful and ill-equipped social director at the local gym dance. In our production this will be played by a female.
SOMEWHERE SOLOIST: This is an offstage female soloist that sings a gorgeous solo. In different productions it is assigned to different characters- in our production it will be auditioned and assigned as unconnected to any other role.